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Rail loop to link west

Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2008-03-29 07:10:55

NEW rail line linking Werribee and Deer Park is set to be unveiled as part of a plan to fight congestion in Melbourne's booming west.

The Herald Sun believes the line will form a loop from Werribee, going through Wyndham Vale, Tarneit, Truganina and Deer Park to join the Deer Park or Sunshine railway stations on the Ballarat line.

THE state government has no plans to replace Warrnambool’s ageing train carriages, despite some being more than 30 years old. 

Newer Vlocity carriages have been running on the Warrnambool line between Geelong and Southern Cross stations in recent weeks.

A passing loop will be built near Bacchus Marsh, with the Ballan station also receiving an upgrade in a $14.3-million investment.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the plan was originally to build the one-kilometre passing loop near Ballan, as per a 2010 election promise when he was in opposition. 

However, Mr Mulder said an extensive review had led to the new location near Bacchus Marsh, close to the township of Rowsley.

THE Napthine government used timetable manipulation on the Ballarat train line to achieve performance, according to the new government. 

The Courier has previously reported on small increases in the timetable which have left many confused by how travel times could balloon out in such a short period of time. 

The timetabled service increased from 61 minutes in 2006 to 74 minutes currently for the popular 9am arrival in Melbourne train.

Inaction speaks louder than the Coalition's words on an urgently needed upgrade.

Does the Baillieu government have the memory of a goldfish? How else do you explain talk of possibly scrapping the $5 billion-plus Regional Rail Link.

Not so long ago, images of dangerously overcrowded platforms and packed trains dominated the news - a few additional services have not fixed the problem.

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